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Vitamin D Deficiency - The Sunshine Vitamin leaflet for Patients


Vitamin D is essential for good health, growth and strong bones.

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There is no clear pattern of symptoms. In fact many people remain asymptomatic despite low levels. But here are the more common symptoms:

  • Fatigue
  • General Muscle pain and weakness
  • Muscle cramps
  • Joint pain
  • Chronic pain
  • Weight gain
  • High blood pressure
  • Restless Sleep
  • Poor concentration
  • Headaches
  • Bladder problems
  • Constipation or diarrhoea

Unlike other vitamins we do not get Vitamin D from food, our bodies make it in the skin from sunlight.  To maintain normal levels we need exposure to sunlight on a regular basis.vit d foods

Some foods that contain Vitamin D include oily fish (sardines, mackerel, pilchards and salmon) and milk, cheese, yoghurt and eggs.

The Doctor or Nurse Prescriber may issue you with a prescription to correct very low vitamin D levels (deficiency) this will need to be followed with a supplement purchased by you from the Pharmacy, Supermarket, Holland and Barrett or any other health food store or online at official websites such as:

The recommended on-going dose is 800 units daily.


  • The initial loading dose for treatment may be 50,000 units once a week for 6 weeks
  • 20,000 units twice a week for 7 weeks or
  • 4,000 units daily for 10 weeks


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